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Take a look at our frequently asked questions

What is Healthier Together?

We are a partnership of 10 local health and care organisations who want to work with the local residents to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, provide better quality of care, while working within the funds provided by central government.

This is our local area’s Integrated Care System.  More detail is available in the NHS Five Year Forward View document.

What geographical area does Healthier Together cover?

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire local authority areas.

When was Healthier Together established?

2016: You may have heard it previously referred to as the BNSSG STP.  From late 2020, it is credited as an Integrated Care System or ICS for short.

Why do we need an Integrated Care System (ICS)?

The ICS is about bringing organisations together and strengthening relationships so we have a coordinated approach to local health and care issues, rather than each organisation working in isolation. People have told us that they want to see more joined up care and we need things to change to be able to continue to meet the health needs of local people in future.

What does the ICS mean for me as a resident?

We are proposing changes with the aim of improving the lives of those in the communities we serve. This could be from reducing waiting times, to providing easy to access advice and information on local health and care services.

Some change may happen relatively quickly and will be easy to put into practice, while other areas of work will take a number of years to implement. We will share our plans and listen to your feedback every step of the way.

What does the ICS mean for me as a member of staff?

You are crucial to helping us to understand the local challenges and potential ways to overcome the issues we know we all face. We want you to be involved as it’s important to us that you are part of shaping and influencing the work and in some areas we may need to ask staff to work differently in future. We also want to do all we can to make coming to work a motivating and fulfilling experience, so that you feel valued and enabled to deliver great care.

Is an Integrated Care System (ICS) different to a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)?

In many areas of England STPs are evolving to become Integrated Care Systems. This means even closer collaboration, including collectively managing resources. Further information on ICSs can be found on the NHS England website.

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